Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday said that more than 167,000 vacancies will be available for jobseekers in 54 job fair venues nationwide on 1 May, Labor Day.


“The 54 job fairs will be simultaneous nationwide. These will be held in different venues in 17 regions under the overall supervision of the DOLE,” said Baldoz.


The 2016 Labor Day theme, Kinabukasan Sigurado sa Disenteng Trabaho, underscores the DOLE’s effort in developing the country’s top resource, our workers, and generating decent and productive jobs to secure a brighter future for the country.


Baldoz said the 54 job fairs scheduled on May 1 will gather 1,112 employers, who will be bringing over 167,924 job vacancies.


Of the 167,924 jobs offered, 75,137, or 44.74 percent are for local; 92,257, or 54.94 percent are for overseas; and 530, or .32 percent are for government.


“These numbers are preliminary and may increase,” she added, noting that it is still a few days before May 1.


“As Labor Day approaches, the number of both participating employers and job vacancies are expected to increase, so job seekers of all types nationwide need to prepare to join the 54 job fairs,” Baldoz said.


According to the labor and employment chief, the Labor Day fairs will be held in convenient venues that will enable job seekers to speed up their search for jobs and employers to fast-track their search for skilled and qualified personnel.


Of the 1,112 employers who will participate in the Labor Day Job Fair, 351 employers, or 38.6 percent are from Region 3. This is followed by Region 11 with 127 employers, or 17.98 percent, and Region 1 with 160, or 14.27 percent.


The industries with the most number of vacancies are: other community, social, personal service activities with 21,494 vacancies; construction with 9,800 vacancies; manufacturing with 7,898 vacancies. Wholesale and Retail Trade, Repair of Motor Vehicles, Motorcycles, and Personal and Household Goods both have 5,850 vacancies.


For local employment, the top 20 occupations with most number of vacancies are: factory/production workers with 5,851 vacancies; production operators with 4,940 vacancies; call center agents, 2,492 vacancies; welders, 2,008 vacancies; customer service/ support representatives, 1,633 vacancies; sales clerks, 1,037 vacancies; collection agents, 582 vacancies; police officers, 500 vacancies; sales associates,  225 vacancies; office clerks with 168 vacancies; cashiers, 160 vacancies; credit counsellors/investigators, 160 vacancies; human resource assistants/clerks, 150 vacancies; sewers, 136; waiter/waitresses, 130 vacancies; warehouse staff, 128 vacancies; accountants, 125 vacancies; quality control staff, 116 vacancies; service crews, 115 vacancies; and drivers, 110 vacancies.

The top 20 occupations with the most number of vacancies for overseas employment are: professional nurses with 2,640 vacancies; hotel and restaurant service workers (hotel receptionists, room attendants, front desk, and service crew with 2,315 vacancies; laborers with 1,043 vacancies; waiters/waitresses, 831 vacancies; technicians (electronics, hull, telecom, auto, and physiotherapy) with 793 vacancies; cleaners with 692 vacancies; pipefitters with 600 vacancies; waiters/waitresses with 592 vacancies; drivers, 557 vacancies; delivery men, 508 vacancies; production machine operators, 475 vacancies; salesmen with 448 vacancies; cashiers, 250 vacancies; x-ray technicians, 200 vacancies; company drivers, 159 vacancies; cooks, 120 vacancies; anaesthesiologists, 100 vacancies; factory/production workers, 100 vacancies; welders, 76 vacancies; sales representatives, 75 vacancies; and accounting staff, 74 vacancies.


The simultaneous nationwide Job Fairs will also showcase Career Fairs, which is aimed at assisting the youth and students in making career decisions. The Career Fair will be open to youth and students who want to explore future job or career opportunities in the labor market.


The Career Fair will feature the on-going human resource development initiatives of the DOLE in partnership with labor groups, employers, key sectors, and other government agencies. It will build on the Human Resource Development Roadmap and the Labor and Employment Plan for 2016-2022 to prepare the youth for the future of work.


She added that the Career Fair will be participated in by 3,000 youths and students who want to explore future job/career opportunities in the labor market. It will also feature career ambassadors who will assist the youth participants in making career decisions.


The nationwide event will also feature livelihood counseling, skills training, and livelihood skills demonstration.


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